Milwaukee Bucks: 3 replacements if Bobby Portis signs elsewhere in free agency

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The Milwaukee Bucks are faced with the possibility that their beloved sixth man, Bobby Portis, may be off elsewhere in free agency.

While we all wait to see what Portis does for his decision as to whether to opt into his deal at $3.8 million for next season, it’s not a matter of when Portis returns to Milwaukee but if. And that’s certainly an optimistic way to look at it.

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With all of that in mind, the Bucks are bracing for Portis’ decision on his option and will surely have contingency plans in place when his decision comes in and he likely re-enters free agency.

So without further ado, let’s look at three replacements the Milwaukee Bucks can find in free agency to address Bobby Portis’ potential departure.

Jeff Green could be a suitable replacement for the Milwaukee Bucks if Bobby Portis leaves

There’s already some buzz between the Bucks and Jeff Green, which has come courtesy of ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski.

On their recent free agency special, both Woj and Lowe outlined why Green would potentially be had for Milwaukee, given the limited free agent resources the Nets are facing and with Green looking for more than a minimum deal:

"“Woj: Maybe a place for Jeff Green if he were to leave Brooklyn? Lowe: Milwaukee Woj: Because (the Bucks) have to pay Bobby Portis and they can’t pay Bobby Portis what he’s probably going to get on the market.”"

Of course, potentially chasing after Green would only be a reaction to losing Portis if he lands more money and more years than the Bucks can feasibly offer. The Bucks are perfectly justified in targeting Green if that does indeed prove to be real as Green offers the same kind of size and shooting that Portis excels in while offering a little bit more versatility and mobility defensively.

Green is coming off his season with the Nets having averaged 11 points on .492/.412/.776 shooting splits and a career-high 62.4 true shooting percentage, along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

With Green looking for more money, the Bucks would have no choice but to use part or all of their $5.8 million mid-level exception to procure him and we’ll see just how much Green ends up getting in free agency, whether that’s Milwaukee or elsewhere.